Nubolaria

2014

Paris and New York

Nubolaria, Machine - Story Telling Game

The nubolaria is a modern pre-cinema machine designed and built for children. The aim is to explain the various animation techniques used in the animated short film “Biriki and the Rainbow” (by Ilaria Turba and Bruna Ferrazini) through playing a game. It is basically a modern day version of an ancient storytelling machine.

Idea & Creation: Mammafotogramma from an idea by Ilaria Turba

Technique: Wooden installation with mechanical control sliders

The machine is made up of various levels: three layers for clouds and rain, a layer for inserting the characters, and a layer mounted on a sliding roller for the background. The movement of clouds and rain, simulated by numerous glass spheres, is generated by children through manual control sliders placed at the side of the machine.

Finally, a 45 degree angled mirror at the top of the machine allows you to see the effect of all the layers combined to create one unified picture. In 2014 the project was presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and in 2015 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York. The idea of the Nubolaria was created by Ilaria Turba.

Idea & Creation: Mammafotogramma from an idea by Ilaria Turba

Technique: Wooden installation with mechanical control sliders

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